After my latest long-distance bus adventure in China, traveling from Putuoshan to Hangzhou last week, I decided it might be useful to start a Chinese Signs series in order to firstly, brush up on my own Chinese, and secondly, to try and share a few new characters for those who are living or travelling in China and attempting to learn some of the language in the meantime.Read More »
Hong Kong may be lacking in some things - space, affordable housing, income equality and competition...
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres a...
So here we are again, back with another quiz (if you can call it that). Another ten Chinese characte...
That’s entertainment! At first, there were just two guys holding a bunch of monkeys attached t...
On sticks or in a pot, in a bag or in the hand, Hong Kong street food is a curious mix of the tradit...
I'm writing this on my way to Hangzhou from three days spent on Putuoshan. I'm on a long distance bus, the outside temperature display is reading 37 C, and I have my seatbelt on. Ordinarily, this last point wouldn't warrant much of a mention. But in a country in which wearing a seatbelt is seen as more of an option than a necessity, the fact that I have a seatbelt to wear is itself something of a novelty.Read More »
I took a trip from Hangzhou to Jiangxi Province this week to check out the countryside and villages around Wuyuan. The area is famous for its amazing scenery, rural charm, and general rustic loveliness, and although going there was very much a spur of the moment kind of thing ...Read More »
I wrote recently about Amporn Thai Food restaurant at Kowloon City Cooked Food Centre. It’s pretty great. The food is lovely and as far as Hong Kong Cooked Food Centres go, it’s up there with the best of them. For a while, there wasn’t any other place in Hong Kong I’d go if I was in the mood for Thai food.Read More »
As I noted in my previous post Graffiti Wisdom Part 1, when you've been in Hong Kong a certain length of time, you sometimes crave a bit of grunge. When it seems the city is nothing more than a glorified shopping mall, with no more soul than a white man in a Southern Baptist choir ...Read More »
Dim sum. Is there anything that sums up Cantonese cuisine more than those two words? I spent too long in Hong Kong without sampling its delights. Now it seems barely a week goes by when I don't spend Sunday afternoon trying to hike off the calories from the feast I've just eaten.Read More »
It always surprises people when I mention the fact that the thing I love most about Hong Kong are the mountains and the hiking. "Hong Kong has mountains?" they say. To which I usually reply with something geeky like quoting the number of country parks and ...Read More »
Let's cut to the chase, when we talk about Hong Kong hill views, nothing beats Lion Rock. There are those that are taller. There are those that are closer to the "action". But for spectacular, 360° views, smack in the centre of everything, Lion Rock is the best of the lot.Read More »
There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I guess any tunnel worth the digging should strive to make itself at least a little tough to find. The Japanese were evidently pretty busy during their three years and eight months occupation of Hong Kong ...Read More »
Here he is again. Fresh out of Lightroom. And I’m rather bloody pleased with this one. Taken a few months ago when I was still in Hong Kong, ticking off photos from my list of those that still needed taking, now he’s sitting pretty in my Hong Kong Portfolio. Check it out!Read More »
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve since 1997, Jiuzhaigou National Park is not only one of the wonders of Sichuan, but arguably one of the wonders of China itself. With lakes so clear you can see the bottom tens of meters down and water iridescent with blues, greens and turquoise ...Read More »
I'm not sure what to think about this picture. On the one hand I like it - the colours, the petals, the temple, even the pose. But you couldn't call it cute. The girl was with her mother and a photographer, striking practiced poses until they got the shots they needed. It made for a nice picture.Read More »
When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...Read More »
1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...Read More »
With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.Read More »